By Isabel A. Walters and Suzanne Michaels   Doña Ana County International Jetport has a new look. Its gray, bland gravel has been replaced by more attractive landscaping: sparkling brown glass provided by the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA). “We were trying to figure out how to landscape around the building, and someone suggested recycled glass,” explained William Provance, airport manager.   The glass – nearly five tons of it – comes from glass bottles that have been collected and crushed into small rock-size pieces by the SCSWA.   The airport, which is home to a runway that supports small jets, cargo aircraft andRead More →

By Suzanne Michaels   Abbey Carver hates illegal dumping and litter on the ground. She hates it so much, two years ago she began the effort to clean the desert in and around Las Cruces by picking up other people’s trash. She engaged friends and other community members to help with the weekly cleanups, encouraging them with the words “picking up trash is fun!” She created Cruceño Cleanup (, and a local pizza restaurant – Roadrunner Pizza – started providing pizzas for her volunteers to support the cleanups. On October 28th, 22-year-old Abbey was awarded the first ever “Citizen Action Award” for her efforts. SheRead More →

El séptimo Evento Anual Electrónica Reciclaje es traído a ustedes por la South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) y tendrá lugar en el Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd. de 10:00 am a 1:00 pm en sábado, 14 de noviembre de 2015.  Tanto los residentes de la ciudad de Las Cruces y condado de Doña Ana están invitados a traer sus aparatos electrónicos viejos de reciclaje grautuito (funcionando o no).  Una lista de los tipos comunes aceptables de la electrónica están por debajo.  Sin embargo, no se aceptan electrodomésticos como refrigeradores, lavadores y secadoras.  Tipos de Aceptados ElectrónicaRead More →

The 7th Annual Electronics Recycling Collection Event is sponsored by South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) and will take place at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Both City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County residents are welcome to bring their old electronics for free recycling. A list of commonly acceptable types of electronics are listed below. However, “white goods” electrical items, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and other appliances are not accepted. Para ver esta información en español, clic aquí.  Read More →

The next time you walk into the Las Cruces TARGET store, don’t bring your glass bottles and jars. Instead, please drop them off at the nearby Old Foothills Landfill Recycling Yard which is open 24-hours a day.“We think this will be a big boost to the program,” says Tarkeysha Burton, SCSWA Recycling Coordinator, who adds, “We are crushing more than 20 tons of glass every month now in Las Cruces. All the crushed cullet is picked up within an hour or so of us placing it out for residents. With the additional glass, those who have been walking away empty handed will be able toRead More →

It’s clearly marked on the bright yellow roll-offs and bins, but some people are not getting the message: GLASS ONLY!“We are now crushing 200 tons of glass per month,” says Tarkeysha Burton, Recycling Coordinator of the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA). “And every bit of the crushed colored glass is being picked up by community residents, who are using it mostly for landscaping their yards.” The community is doing a great job of dropping off glass for crushing, Burton says, but there is some trouble in paradise. “Some residents are not being careful to separate colors of glass. And, we are now experiencing items likeRead More →

By Suzanne Michaels and Isabel Walter Representatives from agencies as far away as Washington D.C. and Monterrey Mexico attended a local Tire Management Workshop last week to come up with solutions to an issue that plagues every state in the nation – what to do with scrap tires. The problem: an estimated 1 tire per person per year is discarded in the U.S. The good news is more than 85% of used tires have a known end market. But that still leaves an estimated 1 billion stockpiled scrap tires stacked next to buildings, in warehouses, or dumped in our mountains, desert, and lakes. That’s generallyRead More →

By Suzanne Michaels for The Sun-News LAS CRUCES >> “The South Central Solid Waste Authority has been a strong partner and supporter of New Mexico Recycling Coalition efforts,” said NMRC director English Bird. “The agency is also a regional leader providing a comprehensive list of recycling services, as well as growing its various waste diversion programs.” As a result, said Bird, “We are delighted to honor the SCSWA with the Distinguished Member award.” The New Mexico Recycling Coalition board recently developed the award to recognize entities that have been “significant contributors to both the state of recycling in New Mexico and the NMRC,” according toRead More →

by Keysha Burton In order to continue to offer beneficial and efficient solid waste management and recycling services, there will be a nominal increase to service fees starting on July 1, 2015.   A table of the new rates is below.  Taxes are applicable. Service Type New Rate Fixed Price 1 $5.00 load Fixed Price 2 $10.00 load Minimum Fee $5.00 load Flat Rate No Tax $10.00 load Small Animal $5.00 each Medium Animal $10.00 each Large Animal $20.00 each Animal Shelter $7.50 load Single Stream Recycling $18.00 ton Compactor Roll-off $145.15 pull Price per ton Amador Ave T.S. $36.50 ton Illegal Dumping $18.25 ton TiresRead More →

By Suzanne Michaels Everyone is welcome to drop off recyclables in the recycling dumpsters at area schools. You don’t have to be a student, teacher, or staff member to use the big blue 6-cubic yard recycling dumpsters; they are intended for use by the school and the surrounding neighborhood. Fifty-one (51) dumpsters at 39 schools are open to all!   More than 30,000 homes in Las Cruces have residential curbside recycling bins, but in case you don’t… drop off is as close as the nearest school. In the County there are more opportunities to recycle: 8 Collection Center facilities where residents can bring recyclables andRead More →